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Douglas C. Engelbart publicly demonstrates the mouse

9th December 1968
Douglas C. Engelbart publicly demonstrates the mouse

It is a device that he had been thinking about and working on for more than a decade.

He also demonstrated video conferencing and hypermedia. Those "inventions" weren't designed to make money or create a product. Rather, they were part of Engelbart's desire to "find much better ways for people to work together to make this world a better place."

During that landmark demonstration Douglas C. Engelbart, of the Stanford Research Institute, demonstrates his system of keyboard, keypad, mouse and windows at the Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco's Civic Center.

He demonstrates the use of a word processor, a hypertext system, and remote collaborative work (later coined as: "teleworking") with colleagues.
But Engelbart did not realize that however useful his ideas were, his machines and software looked to the audience as coming from the far future. And when asked for a price later on, the company he was paid by, set it much too high. It meant the instant death for his project.





Douglas C. Engelbart publicly demonstrates the mouse

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